Daniel Alfredsson skated with the Ottawa Senators through the ups and downs for 19 seasons. He was their long time captain, and the heart of the Senators team for the entirety of his career. Alfie was looked up to by the entire city, but it all changed very quickly this past summer.
Alfredsson had a bit of a falling out with the management in Ottawa, and it turned him to the free agent market this last summer. He had a few options for places to sign, but no one, or at least I didn’t think he would sign anywhere but with the Senators.
And then the news hit, “Daniel Alfredsson Agrees To A One Year Contract With The Detroit Red Wings“. I was shocked, in awe, and extremely excited to see Alfie don the winged wheel this season. I was even more surprised when Ottawa didn’t riot and burn down half of the city. I know that if someone like Nicklas Lidstrom, or Steve Yzerman would have left the Red Wings to finish his career elsewhere, even at the age of 40, I would have been in Detroit raging, rioting, and burning everything myself.
None the less, Alfredsson was a Red Wing. Alfredsson had a bit of a slow start, but turned it around quickly when he was moved to the top line to play along side Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Alfredsson put up 8 points in four games for the Wings during their winning streak.
The Red Wings have been doing pretty well so far this season, they’re sitting in second place in the Atlantic Division behind only the Toronto Maple Leafs with a record of 6-3-1. The Wings offense has struggled a bit so far, the majority of the points have come on the first line, but the powerplay is starting to play well, and the defense has been surprisingly good.
Detroit is hopeful that Niklas Kronwall will be able to play tonight against Ottawa, but they will be without their other top defenseman Jonathan Ericsson for two or three weeks. Detroit played well against the San Jose Sharks the other night without Kronwall or Ericsson. The Sharks and Wings went into a shootout tied 0-0, despite San Jose’s power house offense, and Detroit’s youthful defense.
On the other side of the puck, former Red Wings assistant coach Paul MacLean will bring his Ottawa Senators to the city of Detroit to take on the Red Wings for the first time this season. The Senators started their season on a six game road trip, but returned home for two games this week. They split their home games and will now head out to Detroit before returning back home for another two game home stand.
The Senators are 3-3-2 so far this season, and need to begin winning games to keep up in the Atlantic Division. Ottawa and Alfredsson both have a point to prove tonight, and Ottawa is in a bit more of a desperate position. Tonight’s game will be played at 7:30 and will be shown on TSN, TVA, and FSD. Make sure to follow us on twitter, tonight’s game will be live tweeted!